Birch catkin bug

The birch catkin bug belongs to the seed bugs and lives primarily on birch.

Do not confuse with:
Parent bug (Elasmucha grisea)

Berkensmalsnuit, foto: Sarefo - CC BY-SA 3.0

Birch catkin bug (Kleidocerys resedae) belongs to the seed bugs (Lygaeidae) and lives primarily on birch. The bug measures + 5 mm and is red to light brown.
The bugs are also sometimes found on alders and mountain-ash. The bugs overwinter in wood crevices and under the bark. They live on seeds and the occasional stray insect.

Where to find

  • Birch
  • Alder
  • Rowan (mountain-ash)

Remedy

Control is generally not necessary.

Prevention

Does not apply.

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